by Helen Lescheid
“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise” (Psalm 8:2).
In our success oriented society, we make much of achievements. For that reason I make a list of what I want to accomplish in a day. I steam ahead; I don’t like interruptions. After all, at the end of the day I want to be able to tick off every item on my to-do list. Are you like that?
But in our effort to be productive, we sometimes miss the beauty of the present moment. We run right past what could be the most meaningful time of the day.
It almost happened to me on the day I was scheduled to speak to a group of young mothers in the evening. Ironically, I would be speaking on the topic of making memories. “In our busy days lets schedule in times to do fun-filled activities with our children,” I would encourage us mothers. “Spend an hour with your children playing in the park, or doing crafts, or baking cookies together.” My heart warmed to the topic as I was peeling potatoes for supper. Soon my husband and children would come home from school. Yes, everything was going according to schedule.
Just then my young son burst through the kitchen door. “Mom, come see what I found!” he called out excitedly. On his way home from school David had seen something important that he wanted to share with me. But what a time to do it! I glanced at the kitchen clock on the wall. I hadn’t scheduled a trip to the park before supper. I needed to move right along if I was going to be ready for the meeting. It would have to wait.
“Come on, Mom!” The urgency in my son’s voice and the eager look on his face told me it couldn’t wait. Chafing inwardly at the interrupted routine, but feeling that I owed it to him, I dropped the potato peeler and followed my son outside.
At an old hollow tree David pointed up. “Look inside, Mom. Aren’t they cute?”
I peered inside. In a neat, little nest three scrawny, featherless robins squeaked helplessly. With open beaks on long, spindly necks, they scanned the air for food. Their bulging eyes were still covered and bits of blue eggshell clung to their fuzzy bodies. Amazing, I thought, I’ve never seen the miracle of birth this close before.
As I returned home, I knew there would be one more thing I would tell the women tonight: “Above all, let’s heed the excited call of our children, ‘Mom, Dad, see what I found.’ If we don’t allow for interruptions, we’ll run right past the most memorable events of the day. You see, now years later, I’ve forgotten everything else about the day except the unplanned trip to the park with David. It alone remains a shining memory.
Prayer: Dear God, help me to remember that your blessings often come as surprises. Help me to slow down so that I will not miss them.
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